IPSA Courses

Bruno Cautrès

Centre for Political Research at Sciences Po, FR

Bruno is a researcher at CEVIPOF, the Center for Political Sciences Research (FNSP/CNRS) in France. He has been involved in different French and European studies on political participation (PartCom), and voting and elections (Panel électoral français de 2002). He has developed research in other areas which show the social and political rifts associated with Europe and European integration in the electorates and political opinion.

Werner J. Patzelt

Technische Universität Dresden, DE

Werner is professor of comparative government at the Technical University of Dresden, Germany. He has taught at the universities of Passau, Salzburg, Paris (École pratique de hautes études), Moscow (High School of Economics), and at summer schools in Stellenbosch, Ankara, and Naples. From 2009 to 2014 he was an elected member of the Executive Committee of IPSA and since 2016 he is IPSA’s summer school coordinator.

His research interests include legislatures, parties, political culture, political communication, comparative historical political systems, evolutionary institutionalism, and social science epistemology and methodology.

His publications include monographs and edited volumes of (comparative) legislative studies, many journal articles and book chapters on legislative research, political culture, populism, and evolutionary theory in the social sciences. In addition, Professor Patzelt is active as a commentator of ongoing political events in newspapers, radio, and TV.

Laron K. Williams

University of Missouri, US

Laron Williams is an Associate Professor and the Major Garrett Fellow in Political Science at the University of Missouri. He specializes in examining the role of parliamentary oppositions in policy making, political methodology, and how domestic political institutions constrain the foreign policy choices of executives.

Cameron Wimpy

Arkansas State University, US

Cameron is a political scientist with interests in elections, voting, political economy, and (primarily spatial) research methods. He currently serves as the Research Director in the MIT Election Data and Science Lab, where he manages research on the scientific study of elections. Previously, he worked as a contractor in Arlington, VA where he worked on projects for government and non-profit clients. Before that he was a post-doctoral researcher and graduate student in the Department of Political Science at Texas A&M. He grew up on Crowley's Ridge in the Arkanas Delta.

Ioana-Elena Oana

European University Institute

Ioana-Elena Oana is a Research Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence where she is currently working on developing semi-automated solutions for protest event analysis in the framework of the SOLID project. Ioana-Elena is the main developer of the R package SetMethods and has extensive experience in teaching QCA using R at various international methods schools and universities (ECPR Methods Schools, Lund University, University of Helsinki, EUI, etc.). She has also co-authored with Carsten Q. Schneider and Eva Thomann the book ‘Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) using R: A Gentle Introduction’, forthcoming with Cambridge University Press. Besides research methodology, her main research interests include political participation and representation, political behavior, and political psychology.

Carsten Schneider

Central European University, HU

Carsten Q. Schneider is Professor of Political Science at Central European University Budapest. His research focuses on regime transitions, autocratic regimes, the qualities of democracies, and the link between social and political inequalities. He also works in the field of comparative methodology, especially on set-theoretic methods. Carsten has published in leading Political Science journals, and three books, among them the co-authored Set- Theoretic Methods for the Social Sciences (Cambridge University Press, 2012).

Short Courses

Julio César Martínez

Colegio de Mexico (COLMEX), MX

Julio César holds a bachelor's degree in Actuarial Science by the National Autonomous University of México (UNAM) and a master's degree in Population and Development by The Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO). Additionally, he holds a specialization in Data Mining by the Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology (ITAM) and is currently studying for a PhD in Population Studies at The College of Mexico (COLMEX). He has worked as a research assistant, as well as being the director of the Analysis and Employment Surveys Evaluation Direction at The National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), and at the present time is professor at the Faculty of Forensic Sciences at UNAM, where he teaches Multivariate Statistics.

Nicolás Loza


Nicolás Loza holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences from El Colegio de México. He is a full-time professor and researcher at Flacso México where he directs the Master in Government and Public Affairs. He has been a professor and researcher at the Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas (Social Sciences program), UDLA - Puebla (Political Science Department) and UAM-Xochimilco (Sociology Department).

His research interests are political analysis, democracy, electoral behavior, sub-national powers, and governance.

Ulises Flores


Ulises Flores is a full-time researcher and professor at Flacso Mexico. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE). His research interests are quantitative methods applied to the social sciences, government transparency, corruption, and education.

He has participated in research projects in institutions such as: Secretariat of Public Education (SEP); National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), National Council for the Evaluation of Social Development Policy (CONEVAL).

Karina Bárcenas

Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales, MX

Karina Barcenas is a researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones Sociales at UNAM. She holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences with a Specialty in Social Anthropology from the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS). She also holds a Master's degree in Science and Cultural Communication from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO) and a Bachelor's degree in Communication from Universidad Iberoamericana León.

Her research interests are religion, sexual diversity, and political culture; identities, gender, social movements, and religion and the internet.

Rodrigo Salazar


Rodrigo Salazar is a full-time researcher and professor at Flacso Mexico and Director of the Flacso Mexico Methods Laboratory. He has a master's degree in Social Sciences from Flacso Mexico and a Ph.D. in Political Sciences from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). He teaches courses on political theory, political behavior, and social sciences methods and techniques.

His research interests are populism in Latin America and the effects of presidential reelection on government performance in Mexico and Latin America. He belongs to the National System of Researchers, level I.

Georgina Flores Ivich


Georgina Flores Ivich is a full-time researcher and professor at Flacso México. She teaches political communication, public opinion, and quantitative methods. She has a master’s degree in Social Sciences from Flacso México and she is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). She has participated in several applied research projects funded by USAID, RAND Corporation, Fundación Telefónica, INMUJERES, and Flacso México. Ms. Flores Ivich is currently working on a research project on the electoral and institutional effects of corruption scandals in Latin America.

Isaac Cisneros

Colegio de Mexico (COLMEX), MX

Isaac Cisneros is a full-time professor at El Colegio de México. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Flacso Mexico and worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP) in the Department of Political Science at Vanderbilt University. His research interests include public opinion, political behavior, and quantitative research methods. He belongs to the National System of Researchers, level I.

Georgina Jiménez


Georgina Jiménez holds a degree in Political Science and International Relations from the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE). She has focused her professional career in quantitative and qualitative public policy research. She has worked as a consultant in several educational, electoral, and judicial projects with international organizations. Additionally, she worked as a media analyst at the United States Embassy in Mexico and is currently a data analyst at Data Cívica.

Mariana Solano


Mariana Solano is a Political Science student at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and data analyst at Data Cívica. As an analyst, her work has focused on violence, femicide and disappearance data processing. Likewise, she has participated in violence forums and Memoria y Verdad (Memory and Truth) projects in Mexico.

Horacio Ortíz

Data Lab Mx, MX

Horacio Ortiz is a senior researcher at Data Lab Mx. He holds a degree in Sociology from UNAM, an M.A. in Social Sciences from Flacso-Mexico, and is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Social Science from El Colegio de México. He specializes in quantitative social research and data analysis in topics like public safety, law enforcement, and human rights.

Henio Hoyo

Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE), MX

Henio Hoyo is a Visiting Professor and Researcher at the International Studies Division of the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE). He is also an Associate Professor and Researcher at the Department of Social Sciences of the Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM). His main research and teaching topics are (1) nationalisms, ethnic conflicts, and political extremism; (2) creation and dissemination of national imaginary; (3) nationality, citizenship and migration; and (4) Latin America / Europe comparative politics.

He holds a degree in International Relations from El Colegio de México and a Master in Nationalism Studies from the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary. He has a second master's and Ph.D. in Social and Political Sciences from the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy. Between 2014 and 2016 he was Post-Doctoral Fellow at the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA) in Germany. Since 2016 he belongs to the National System of Researchers.

Alejandra Armesto


Alejandra Armesto is a full-time researcher and professor at Flacso Mexico. She holds a master's degree. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame in the United States; a master's degree in Social Sciences from Flacso Mexico; a Master's degree in Public Administration, and a degree in Psychology from the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in Argentina.

In her research, she addresses issues of distributive policy, subnational politics, and fiscal federalism.

Mitchell Valdes

Laboratorio Nacional de Políticas Públicas (CIDE), MX

Mitchell Valdes is a researcher at the Laboratorio Nacional de Políticas Públicas (CIDE). He holds a degree in Mathematics from the University of Havana and a Master's degree in Economics from CIDE. His research interests are: Information Economics, Applied Microeconomics, Contract Theory, Social and Economic Networks, Applied Econometrics and Machine Learning Applied to the Social Sciences.

Baruch Sanginés


Baruch Sanginés holds a degree in Geography from UNAM and a Master's degree in Population and Development from Flacso México. He earned experience in the public sector from his job at the Secretariat of Economic Development (Mexico City) and he currently works at Datavizero.